The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently announced an exciting new design competition asking architects for ideas on how to rebuild the Hurricane Sandy-stricken Rockaways. Called “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC), and organized by L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, Enterprise Community Partners, and AIA, the initiative is asking for proposals on how to redevelop the 80 acre Averne East site that was hit by the hurricane last October. The design contest is specifically seeking sustainable development plans for coastal and flood-prone areas that incorporate mixed-use, mixed-income communities.

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Headed up by AIA’s Executive Director Rick Bell and HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, the call hopes to amass an influx of innovative ideas for not only rebuilding New York’s ravaged areas, but also creating a preventative plan for the future. FAR ROC will serve as a laboratory for designing and testing these plans, and will offer architects and planners a chance to not only serve flood-prone areas, but also to foster economic development in the Rockaways. The winning designs can also act as blueprints to be used in other seaside communities.

FAR ROC proposals for Averne East must meet the needs of the affordable housing community, while also addressing the influx of storms that are predicted in our near future. The winners will work closely with L+M Development Partners to create a sustainable neighborhood designed for longevity.

Interested architects and designers can visit FAR ROC’s website and submit Phase 1 of their ideas until June 14th.


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